Retired SLMPD Sergeant Files Complaint on Dotson’s Mayoral Candidacy

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Is St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson in violation of department policy by running for St. Louis mayor? Retired Police Sgt. Gary Wiegert believes he is, and filed a complaint on Monday with Internal Affairs.

KMOX’s Maria Keena was with Wiegert through the process.

Wiegert acknowledges state law allows Dotson to run. Where he takes exception is section 7.005, Standards of Conduct-Related Political Activity.

Section A, 1-B states in part, “any police officer engaged in such activity must be off duty and in civilian attire.”

And Section 2, permissible activity “does not authorize a member of the department to engage in any political activity on duty.

“He clearly went on the Mark Reardon Show, talked about police issues, represent the police department and then advise people to vote for him. That’s a clear violation,” Wiegert says. “It says you can not either be in uniform, or representing the police department, and then be involved politically.”

Internal Affairs is now investigating, and Wiegert intends to bring his complaint to the Board of Aldermen, who have already called for Dotson’s resignation.

We are still waiting for a response from Dotson.

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